Jon Aaron Cieri – “Timothy Kimchi”


Seattle-based artist Jon Aaron Cieri shows an enchanting sound on new single “Timothy Kimchi,” a showcase of his melodic rock, pop, and electronic intertwining. The solo instrumentalist self-produces his own material, creating much of his material while on the road; Cieri works as a tour manager, writing and recording in hotels across the United States. Emily Wells is noted as a particular inspiration on this track, with Cieri also referencing general influences like Son Lux, Ratatat, The Postal Service, and FKJ.

A gripping instrumental track, “Timothy Kimchi” traverses quickly from bright synth wavering into debonair guitar accompaniments, adding a twangy playfulness. A myriad of catching structural turns emerge thereafter. Emotive strings appear, easing cohesively into tender guitar brushes that evoke a soulful character. A yearning tonal charm arrives alongside clap-laden percussion, rousing into a charismatic mid-point with soaring electric guitars. “Timothy Kimchi” is an eclectic rock/electronic success from Jon Aaron Cieri.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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